Tour of America’s Dairyland: Bahati sets pace for teens on DreamBikes ride

Dre Lee wasn’t satisfied merely riding with a U.S. cycling champion on Thursday.

Whenever he found himself next to Rahsaan Bahati, he took off on short sprints and boasted at the finish: “I beat him. I beat him.”

For the record, the 2008 USA Cycling Criterium Champion took it easy on the dozen or so teens who joined him for a group ride from the DreamBikes shop on N. Martin Luther King Dr.; in part to save his legs for the start of the 11-race Tour of America’s Dairyland series and to spend more time talking and sharing stories.

Bahati joined to the ride, and the youths from DreamBikes and Riverside High School, to set an example of possibility, if not a winner’s form.

A bike racer for nearly 20 years, Bahati has slowed his racing career at age 30, and devotes more time to encouraging city kids, like himself, to test themselves in the sport. His tour to the Milwaukee lakefront was an extension of the work he does in California with the Bahati Foundation.

Posted by Tom Held